U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
Regulations most recently checked for updates: Mar 30, 2023
(a) Procedures. An agency may remove, suspend, reduce in level, reduce in pay, or furlough for 30 days or less an administrative law judge only for good cause established and determined by the Merit Systems Protection Board on the record and after opportunity for a hearing before the Board as prescribed in 5 U.S.C. 7521 and 5 CFR part 1201. Procedures for adverse actions by agencies under part 752 of this chapter do not apply to actions against administrative law judges.
(b) Status during removal proceedings. In exceptional cases when there are circumstances in which the retention of an administrative law judge in his or her position, pending adjudication of the existence of good cause for his or her removal, is detrimental to the interests of the Federal Government, the agency may:
(1) Assign the administrative law judge to duties consistent with his or her normal duties in which these circumstances would not exist;
(2) Place the administrative law judge on leave with his or her consent;
(3) Carry the administrative law judge on annual leave, sick leave, leave without pay, or absence without leave, as appropriate, if he or she is voluntarily absent for reasons not originating with the agency; or
(4) If the alternatives in paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(3) of this section are not available, the agency may consider placing the administrative law judge in a paid non-duty or administrative leave status.
(c) Exceptions from procedures. The procedures in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section do not apply:
(1) In making dismissals or taking other actions under 5 CFR part 731;
(2) In making dismissals or other actions made by agencies in the interest of national security under 5 U.S.C. 7532;
(3) To reduction in force actions taken by agencies under 5 U.S.C. 3502; or
(4) In any action initiated by the Office of Special Counsel under 5 U.S.C. 1215.